Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday Evening

This afternoon, Mikan had many pictures taken of him for a "Neo-Nest" promotional pamphlet. Earlier this week, he was video taped for a promotional video. Mikan is a star. During the two videotaping and picture taking episodes, he has done well (kept his oxygen levels up and had consistent heart rates). However, in both cases, after about 30 minutes his oxygen level has dropped and he has showed signs of fatigue. Coming down from a high.

Today, he needed about 65%-80% oxygen for a portion of the afternoon. He then had his carbon dioxide levels measured and they were much above normal. Later in the evening, his oxygen need decreased as his carbon dioxide levels also decreased. A small pendulum swing.

The two most commonly used terms in the NICU are "dex" and "wean." Wean is used to describe reducing all levels of support. For example, "We are trying to wean his oxygen" or "We are trying to wean his ventilator rate." What is funny to me is that wean is used in the following manner, "We are trying to wean him onto breast milk." I'll leave an explanation of "dex" to those of you who comment before revealing the truth in an upcoming blog.

Thank you all for your continuing support. I am 20 for 24 in picks (96th Percentile). Jenna is 18 for 24.

1 comment:

Aunt Deb said...

John or Jenna okay, I will make a guess about "dex". It has been 13 years since I worked in the NICU though and things have really changed. Does it have to do with BPD or dextrose levels?